Best Laid Plans

Ep #133: Aashna Shah, 17 Year Old Superstar and Planner Devotee

February 13, 2023

Aashna Shah is only 17, but she has done so, so much.

Aashna is a published author x 3 and advocate for those with learning disabilities. She is Miss Florida Teen (!) and an accomplished dancer. She wants to be an oral surgeon someday. And she LOVES her planner!

I learned about Aashna from a listener who heard her on another podcast, naming her planner (and planning techniques) as a core strategy for how she has been able to meet so many ambitious goals at a young age. I suspect her passion, talents, and innate drive are part of the story as well, but you know I also believe in the power of planning!

We chat about favorite brands, color coding, and she discusses how she learned to plan (largely from her older sister). I was so impressed with Aashna and I am sure you will be too!

NOTE: Here is her current planner: PAPERAGE 17 Month with weekly + monthly spreads, 8.5″ x 11″!

BLP’s youngest guest yet (not counting A’s cameos!)


Aashna’s website is here // her IG is here

Her books: Amazing Adriana: ADHD is her Superpower // Dynamic Diya: Dyslexia is her Superpower // Brave Brian: Anxiety Gave Him Superpowers


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  • Reply Alyce February 13, 2023 at 9:15 am

    I loved this episode! I totally echo what Aashna said about picking planners that your kid will find fun. I started planning in earnest in high school cause I thought palm pilots were so cool. And even though I’m more paper than digital these days, it was the gateway to finding the value in planning. And high school is the perfect time to learn the skill because there’s just so much going on in that phase of life, between school, homework, activities, and active social lives. It was by far the busiest, most planning intensive time of my life, and easily as busy as life right now with work and a 4yr old.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns February 13, 2023 at 9:38 am

    This was a great episode! What a rising star! I was a big fan of planners from a young age – I just used the planner my school provided and bought the school’s basic planner in college, too. I never knew cool planners existed – but maybe they didn’t back then!! I was in my early 30s when I discovered Erin Condren so I must have gone without planners for that whole time? I think I might have again bought the college-branded planner in grad school, too.

    I did not know there was such a thing as executive functioning therapy. That is genius! It will be interesting to see what my boys are drawn to. So far, our oldest seems like he is going to take after me and be more of a perfectionist. There definitely seem to be natural planners, but it’s good to hear the skill can be taught. Of my siblings, my younger sister and I are definitely the planners out of us 5 kids.

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